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Propellerhead Reason 6 Review

Wazzup Dawfreaks…
Today we will have a look at a Propellerhead Reason 6

Reason-Boxshot

A little about Propellerhead

Formed in 1994, Propellerhead Software is a privately owned company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Renowned for its musician-centric approach, Propellerhead has created some of the world’s most innovative music software applications, interfaces and technology standards.

Musicians, producers and the media have praised Reason, ReCycle and ReBirth applications for being inspiring, great sounding and of superior quality. Technologies such as ReWire and the REX file format are de-facto industry standards, implemented in all major music software.

Today, Propellerhead’s products are used all over the world by hundreds of thousands of professionals and enthusiasts for all kinds of music making. Source

 

Reason 6

Propellerheads own words about Reason

Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. With its generous sound bank and intuitive flow, Reason helps you along in the creative process and is the music software that never gets in your way.

Walk into any professional recording studio and you will see racks filled to the brim with different tools used in music production from reverb to compressors, vocoders, synths, distortion units, and parametric EQs. The studio’s rack is the heart of its creative factory. Reason is no different. That is why we have outfitted your computer with a virtual rack filled with all the same gear. They look and function exactly like their hardware cousins. Even better, they sound just as good too.

Unlike a real studio, however, if you want another synth or an extra compressor you can create one from a menu rather than taking that second job or signing up for those experimental clinical drug trials.   Source

startup

Reason 6 A step forward
As with any new software release Propellerhead added new plugins, instruments and features in Reason 6. BUT With Rreason 6 Propellerhead did not just upgrade the software with plugins like Pulveriser, The Echo, Alligator Or Line6 amp plugins.
the most important new feature Propellerhead added to Reason 6 was audio recording,
a very welcome feature for many if not all Reason fans. 
To me who have never used reason before it struck me kind of weird that a software as huge as Reason is in the music industries did not have audio recording until now.
Reason 6 is now also comes in 64bit.

Click to se all the NEW FEATURES in Reason 6

 

First impression.

As I started up Reason 6 for the first time I felt a bit disoriented, Reason 6 does not follow the regular look of a DAW software so it took me a moment to get going so I decided to look at one of the demo songs to get a better view at things.
A project 

Reason 6 has everything you are used to in a DAW software when you get yourself oriented.
The Track list has a nice concept and looks pretty nice, after about one hour in  Reason 6 the layout  sank in and I had the basics to get going with some music.

Working with Reason 6

The rack
One of them features that makes reason a bit more unique is the Rack view.
rackfront

Every little plugin or instrument is loaded into the rack, it might not be seam like a big deal to start with but when you press TAB things change….

rack back

Advanced routing anyone??
Now you will not have to rout things on your own, but if you want to this will open up for allot of sound tweaking options.

MIDI editing.
pianoroll

Reason comes with a standard MIDI editor, on the top we find a piano roll and below that a Velocity adjustment section.
Nothing to advanced going on here, but its enough to make your songs.

midi edit tools
Here is the midi tool selector.

Audio view in Reason 6audio view

Recording audio is as I mentioned before a huge step forward for Reason, but you can not just record.. you get comp editor, and Time stretch & audio transpose features as well.

The new HUGE Mixer.
monster mixer

The new Mixer in Reason 6 is HUGE, so huge I could not get a full screenshot of it.

A small test project.

testtune
Reason to me has always been more a digital music kind of software, but with Reason 6 Propellerhead added some new features in Reason 6, opening up for rock based tunes to be created and recorded directly in Reason.
A feature I have not mentioned earlier is a feature that is a standard for Reason, ReFILLS!!

ReFills are sample library expansion, from what I have heard they do sound very good and there are some nice ReFILL expansions for rock out there.

Combinator

This image shows a J Pick Rock Bass ReFill loaded into the instrument Combinator.
Throughout my little test tune I used Combinator for all instruments and the Line6 plugins on my guitar audio tracks.

The results??
Here is a small video showing my Test tune in Reason 6.

This video was recorded and edited in Camtasia Studio

 

ReWire

Now the ReWire feature is not new, but it has to be mentioned.

ReWire is a system for transferring audio data between two computer applications, in real time. Basically, you could view ReWire as an "invisible cable" that streams audio from one computer program into another.                        Source and more info

This feature alone is a good reason to grab Reason 6 , since the instruments in Reason can be routed to your other DAW software.
From my testing the ReFILLS that comes with Reason sounds very nice and are very low on recourses so you get a huge set of extra sounds for your music creation and you don’t really have to learn a new DAW software.
 

Pros

  • Stable
  • good instruments
  • Now features Audio recording.
  • ReWire
  • ReFILLS
  • 64bit version
  • good sound

Cons

  • No VST support
  • Basic audio and midi tools

 

Conclusion.
Reason gave me a mixed feeling..
In the end of the day its al down to preferences, To pick a DAW software that suites you requires DEMO testing and pages like Dawfreak.se.
I can not go through all the things included in a software but I can pick the things that I believe is important..
Ask yourself what do you want to do with the DAW Software?
Reason 6 to me is a great songwriters software. Its fast, stable and does have allot of tools to make your song ideas come to life.
But as a fully featured DAW Software Reason 6 has a long way to go, Many of the other DAWS features more advanced features for both audio and midi editing and nearly all of them comes with VST support opening up for you to make the choices of what plugins and instruments you want to get allowing you to personalize your sound.  
If you already have a DAW software and want a second software to work with, I can fully recommend Reason 6. Not only do you have a second software to create your music in, Using the ReWire feature opens up allot of new sounds to your existing DAW.. HOW?
Well I do not know of many DAW software that does not have ReWire support so Reason 6 is in the end a nice companion to your existing DAW software.

 

I would like to thank Propellerhead for sending me this sample of Reason 6.

Hope to se you back soon.

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  1. Josiah Hanjei
    April 20, 2012 at 6:28 am

    wow! thankyou Proppellahead Iam a Reason5 user currently but by going through the review with Dawfreak I was stund after all this time finally reason got a audio recording suite included in this version…I can`t wait to get a Reason6..

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